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Knitgrrl 2: Learn to Knit with 16 All-New Patterns Paperback – April 1, 2006

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Grade 7 Up–Like Knitgrrl (Watson-Guptill, 2005), this is an eye-catching introduction to the craft. Varied typeface and print color as well as a mix of excellent color photography and illustrations make this book fun to read and explore. Clear, step-by-step directions are extremely helpful for learning the basics. Each of the 16 projects includes skills, size, finished measurements, materials, gauge, pattern, finishing, and a color photo. Teens can create flip-flops, book covers, a jacket collar, a headband/choker, a pencil purse, a water-bottle holder, a beauty-to-go bag, a belt, a kerchief, a cardigan, a scarf, a necklace, wrist/ankle bracelets, a poncho, a tank top, and a beach bag. Materials are easily obtainable in sewing/craft stores. About two dozen tips are interspersed throughout the text. This delightful book is sure to please experienced as well as new knitters.–Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Gr. 5-8. This sequel to the popular Knitgrrl (2005) begins with very similar chapters on materials and instructions for basic knitting before hitting its stride with 16 new projects. The colorful format features pictures of the finished projects, usually modeled by teens; step-by-step photos of techniques such as cable cast-on and three-needle bind off; and computer-assisted illustrations of the projects in various stages of construction. Knitters with questions are invited to pose them on the Knitgrrl Web site, and a number of other helpful sites are appended. Projects include a cropped tank top, wrist and ankle bracelets, a sports bottle holder, and a striped cardigan. Great for inspiration as well as practical help in mastering the art of creating wearable and usable knitted projects. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823026191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823026197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shannon Okey is a designer and the author, co-author or editor of many fiber arts-related books, including Knitgrrl, Knitgrrl 2, The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, Spin to Knit, Felt Frenzy, Crochet Style, Just Socks, Just Gifts, AlterNation, The Pillow Book, How to Knit in the Woods, the second edition of Knitting For Dummies and Alt Fiber.

She is currently working on a number of new publishing projects with her company Cooperative Press, whose books are also available on Amazon!

Okey is the former editor of UK-based monthly knitting magazine Yarn Forward, the current editor of Knit Edge magazine, and also a former columnist for knit.1 magazine. She has appeared on several crafty TV shows, including Knitty Gritty, Uncommon Threads, Crafters Coast To Coast and Knitting Daily TV. She teaches all over the world.

For the latest news on Shannon and her books, check out her Knitgrrl website which includes her teaching and events schedule, as well as information on upcoming projects.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy O'Neill Houck on June 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
For those of you who loved Shannon Okey's first book, Knitgrrl, you're in luck--Shannon recently released a sequel, Knitgrrl 2, just as full of fun, acessible patterns as the first--if you weren't familiar with Knitgrrl, then now you've got two great books you can add to your library.

Both books have fantastic how-two information, which use pictures instead of just drawings, to teach the basics. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The original book is full of fun, easy patterns that teach basic skills like scarves and wristlets--a cool i-pod purse and leg warmers--there's even a basic introduction to lace.

In Knitgrrl 2, the patterns continue to be fun without being at all repetitive--there's a great belt (and I can attest that knitted belts are very popular with the 2 kids classes I teach) and a sideways knit cardigan by Kristi Porter knit in Noro, that I'm sure will have lots of "grown up" knitters running for their needles. (Kristi's a frequent contributor to and the creator of the new site.) Knitgrrl 2, also has a beautiful knit, beaded necklace, and an adorable cropped tank top. Both books are sprinkled with helpful tips and ideas, and are full of fun illustrations by Kathleen Jacques.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Shannon Okey's approach in making knitting something hip and trendy and attracting the interest of young adults definitely worked! I read through this book before actually knitting the projects although I could hardly resist making them. If it wasn't for the fact that I was out of yarn...

After also reading the Stitch-n-Bitch book by Debbie Stoller, I conclude that the Stitch-n-Bitch book mentions the same things but the Knitgrrl books just puts it in a more interesting way for teens as they are not interested in reading through a lot of text, in plain black and white with no funny illustrations. Knitgrrl 2 covers not only basic techniques but it really goes in dept for a Young Adult book.. It even has a special chapter about Beading, which I found very interesting as I've heard so much about this new technique and most regular knitting books don't include information on this yet. The page about dying your yarn was really interesting as well.

As for the projects, they are great! Not long afghans or big sweaters(just a small top and a poncho) but small projects to start with like a head band, a make-up bag, book covers, a shawl (ofcourse) and many more summer projects. The color transition in her projects made the projects even more inviting to knit them.

There were illustrations throughout the book (by Kathleen Jacques) which I found really beautiful and hip. Kids love cats or dogs so they'll surely look or even stare at these lovely illustrations.

The trendy small summer projects together with the easy approach make this book the perfect beginner's guide for any soon-to-be-intermediate-knitter. You really don't have to be a teen to thoroughly enjoy this book and learn from it!

-reviewed by Eveline for [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Shannon Okey, Knitgrrl 2 (Watson-Guptill, 2006)

Shannon Okey's back with another book of patterns like you've never seen before. Readers of Okey's first book (titled, not surprisingly, Knitgrrl) will recognize the general layout here-- how-to tips with clear illustrations, silly, endearing artwork, and of course, the patterns. While the book starts out feeling like a retread-- the patterns at the beginning will be in-your-sleep kinds of things for those who went through the first book-- don't let your guard down. By the time you get to the patterns at the back of the book, you will be challenged unless you are a seasoned veteran-- and you may be challenged anyway, even if you are.

Good, solid stuff, just like the first book. If you liked one, you'll like the other. *** ½
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Shannon Okey's knitting books are wildly fun and have unique ideas I've never seen in any other knitting books. The patterns are especially creative and functional, like the Beauty-to-go-Bag or the Striped Pencil Purse. I used her ideas about picking up stitches on the edge to actually sew two pieces of a hat together with excellent results.

The book cover and beach bag are perfect summery projects and you could even make the Ooh-la-la Flip Flops that use a size 8 needle and a skein of Crystal Palace Splash.

Knitgrrl 2 follows Knitgrrl 1 with 16 new patterns. There is information on knitting history that was rather enlightening. Should you knit a sweater for your boyfriend? Read this book to find out.

~The Rebecca Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet L. Wayman on April 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Ok, it must be hard to come up with clever, skill-appropriate knitting projects. Maybe kids will think these projects are cool, My beef with this book is not with the projects, but with inaccurate information. For example the author claims that in "American" or "English"-style knitting, you wrap the yarn with your dominant hand and in "Continental" style, you wrap with your non-dominant hand. Huh? Any moderately experienced knitter can tell you that American-style means wrapping the yarn with your right hand, Continental-style with the left. Hand dominance absolutely does not enter into it in any fashion. There are other problems here too, including the seaming method shown on page 28--guaranteed to produce an ugly seam. Really, this book appears to have been written by someone with limited knowledge of knitting. If you're learning to knit, you could use this as a supplement, but I wouldn't have it as a primary source--you're likely to end up confused and frustrated.
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